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Nathan Hylden

American, b. 1978

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Nathan Hylden

American, b. 1978

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Nathan Hylden creates paintings using rigorous conceptual processes that investigate the philosophical relationships between cause and effect, absence and presence, and emptiness and meaning. For a 2010 series, he devised a strict technical process and used it to create nine paintings: he painted his canvases a holographic gold, then stacked them in arrangements on the floor and sprayed the overlapping sections yellow, before finally stenciling black stripes onto each. The process resulted in nine similar paintings, intrinsically related by virtue of their genesis and aesthetic and yet each unpredictably unique. In a related series of prints, Hylden screen-printed aluminum plates with an image of a blank canvas—to him, a symbol of emptiness—which he then presented alongside actual blank canvases, revealing his conviction that the processes and materials of painting are themselves pregnant with meaning.

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Biography

Nathan Hylden creates paintings using rigorous conceptual processes that investigate the philosophical relationships between cause and effect, absence and presence, and emptiness and meaning. For a 2010 series, he devised a strict technical process and used it to create nine paintings: he painted his canvases a holographic gold, then stacked them in arrangements on the floor and sprayed the overlapping sections yellow, before finally stenciling black stripes onto each. The process resulted in nine similar paintings, intrinsically related by virtue of their genesis and aesthetic and yet each unpredictably unique. In a related series of prints, Hylden screen-printed aluminum plates with an image of a blank canvas—to him, a symbol of emptiness—which he then presented alongside actual blank canvases, revealing his conviction that the processes and materials of painting are themselves pregnant with meaning.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
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Nathan Hylden on Abstract Painting and “A-Ha” Moments
Nov 28th, 2015
Nathan Hylden on Abstract Painting and “A-Ha” Moments
Three Things You Should Know About Nathan Hylden
Oct 16th, 2013
Three Things You Should Know About Nathan Hylden
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